Physical Education & Sport
At Myatt Garden, PE is an important part of our curriculum and an excellent vehicle for developing transferable skills such as cooperation, resilience and teamwork. Through PE, we encourage team spirit and a sense of community, as well as promoting the important benefits of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity.
We are very lucky to have a professional sports coach who teaches our PE lessons across the school, ensuring our children are given every opportunity to develop the competence to excel in a broad range of sports.
In line with the national curriculum, our PE sessions focus on three main areas: games, gymnastics and dance. Our sports coach builds children’s skills each year through carefully sequenced lessons.
All Key Stage 1 classes receive one hour of PE a week whilst Key Stage 2 have two hours working on two different topics from the curriculum.
At Myatt Garden we encourage children to join clubs outside school to further their sporting adventure. We also have teams that compete in local competitions, for example football, rugby, athletics, swimming galas, cricket and tennis.
In games in Key Stage 1, children are taught basic movements such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. In Key Stage 2 they build on these skills when playing competitive games that focus on the principles of attacking and defending.
During gymnastic lessons in Key Stage 1, children develop basic movements, performing rolls, jumps and balances. They are introduced to different equipment and taught how to use it safely. In Key Stage 2, children develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. They also link movements together to form performance sequences.
Across the school, children have the opportunity to perform dances using a range of movement patterns. In Key Stage 2, children evaluate their own performances, as well as those of their peers, and take time to adjust routines and make improvements.
We value swimming as a key life skill and a brilliant form of physical exercise. All children in Years 4, 5 and 6 have swimming lessons at Wavelengths Leisure Centre, where they are taught to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres;
- use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke);
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
These lessons are held in two week blocks, where children have a daily lesson lasting for an hour.
Sports week takes place every summer, whatever the weather, and can include cycling, volleyball, rugby, football, cricket, dance, netball and basketball. It culminates in a sports day at the end of the week on Goldsmiths University’s field.